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Right, long-ish story but bear with me:
After years of failure in the London ballot, I finally decided to take a different approach to running a marathon and have signed up for Paris in 2013.
As of last year, I was '5 miles, 3 times a week' sort of runner with a 41min 10k best as the furthest and fastest I'd ever measured myself. Perfectly happy with that.
Earlier this year though, I signed up for a local half marathon and wanted to do a time I could be proud of, so did (ahem, most of) a quite structured 10-week training programme off the RW website.
I ended up with a time of 1:24:15, which I am absolutely delighted with.
During the Paris booking, I had to predict my finish time, so stuck in 3:15, as the RW 'race time predictor' has me on or around 3hr pace and thought I'd be conservative.
Now though, I'm wondering if the huge step up in distance makes 3:15 a ridiculously optimistic goal? I've never been all that at sport and the 10-week half training was the first time I'd done any proper structured run training (with speed work and the like), although I'd do it again for the marathon.
Is 3 hrs possible? I'd love it, but frankly it all seems a bit much to be talking about 'Boston qualification' times for a first go.
Wondered if anyone with a bit more experience at the 26.2 distance had any thoughts on what I should realistically aim at.
Any input appreciated.